|Corn Bunting on Steepdown|
|looking SE from Steepdown|
|Two of the counties most prominent landmarks, Lancing College and Southwick Power Station, with Beachy Head distantly in the haze|
|Steepdown from Lancing Ring. From this angle Flatdown would be a more appropriate name.|
|Reed Bunting holding territory by the Adur|
Friday 17th. If anything the weather was colder and the wind a bit stronger so I didn't venture far. I arrived at Shoreham Fort at 06:35 but as expected little was passing and even less was close. I saw 6 Fulmars, 10 Gannets, 13 Common Scoter, 10 Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich Terns and a Swallow in an hour of watching. In the harbour were a Purple Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone and my first Common Sandpiper of the year while a Peregrine was on the power station chimney. At New Salts Farm a Reed Warbler had joined the singing Cetti's and Chiffchaffs while the best the Adur had to offer was a singing Reed Bunting and 2 Oystercatchers. I then walked around Mill Hill seeing 3 Long-tailed Tits (one with no tail) and single Buzzard, House Martin, Yellowhammer and, I suspected, Greenshank. The latter remaining silent (or out of earshot) as it flew east.
|Reed Bunting by the Adur|
|Long-tailed Tit at Mill Hill|
|I didn't notice the ring at the time|
|Short-tailed Tit. It looked amazing in flight.|
|it is usually a good day when I see a Grasshopper Warbler|
|more so when it is a good view although I don't recall seeing one with such bright pink legs before|
|it had me reaching for my Brazil field guide, Pink-legged Groveleteiro anyone? Hopefully this autumn ...|
|Green Woodpecker - the first I've seen this year!|
|Cuckoo at Greatham|
|given the perils cuckoo's face on migration it is a wonder any ever make it back|
|Nightingale at Pulborough|
|these two with the Powershot Sx60|
|how fortunate to have one of the best places in the country to see Nightingales only a short drive away|
|these two digiscoped with my old Olympus 1040|
Tuesday 14th. Two Wheatears were on Southwick Beach, a Peregrine was on the power station chimney and a Rock Pipit on Carats Cafe roof.
Monday 13th. Local Herring Gull A5HH by Sussex University Sports Centre bus stop. Not a day to be working with a scattering of migrants seen along the coast including several very smart male Pied Flycatchers. Maybe next year, or the year after ...